Story Time Theme: Singing

2 Jul

do-your-ears-hang-low-churchAs I mentioned last week, I’m focusing on the five early literacy skills during my story times this session.  I’m choosing one skill for each week, which is really allowing me to focus on the skill and educate the parents as well as fun with the toddlers.  Last week we focused on talking and this week we focused on singing.  The kids really respond to “singing” books (books that I sing instead of read), many were singing along, moving to the beat, and were very engaged.  We had a lot of fun with the story Do Your Ears and after I read it, we sang it a second time with the hand motions.  I’m hoping that at the end of this session, parents will better be able to understand what we do at story time is important and valuable and fun!


  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Parachute: “Rockin’ the Chute” (Shakin’ the Chute: Fitness with a Parachute – Michael Plunkett) & My Wiggles

Puppet: Meet Willy (monkey) and give high fives!

Early Literacy Tip/Story Stretcher: Songs are a wonderful way to learn about language. Singing also slows down language so children can hear the different sounds that make up words.

ASL Sign: Sing (wave right hand over left arm as if conducting music)

Book 1: Do Your Ears Hang Low? Illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church


  • Traditional (fine motor): 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (fast version)
  • Parachute (popcorn): “Sandy River Belle” (Putumayo Kids Presents: European Playground)

Book 2: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional (gross motor): “The Tempo Marches On” (Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi On His Toe Leg Knee – Jim Gill)
  • Parachute: “The Tempo Marches On” (Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi On His Toe Leg Knee – Jim Gill) 

Book 3: Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter


  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Parachute: “Mbube” (Putumayo Kids Presents: African Playground)

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